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Enjoying Vacation at Nerja, Spain

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50 kilometers away from Malaga and a mere 45 minutes drive along the N340 motorway, you can enter Nerja, Spain, an old fishing village known for its Andalusian character, cobbled streets, and whitewashed houses.

The heart of the village is the Balcon de Europa, a promenade built along a cliff-lined with palm trees and with the best panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea.

Explore Nerja, Spain

Nerja has nine sandy beaches totaling to 16-kilometer stretch. One of the best beaches in Nerja is Playa Burriana. It is tourist friendly and is teeming with shops, bars, restaurants, sunbed and umbrellas for hire!

The beach itself is a mixture of small stones and sand-the ideal material for constructing sandcastles. One of the most spectacular places to visit in Nerja is the Cueva de Nerja, considered one of the most historic sites in the world to house archeological remains dating back to the Paleolithic era.

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Today, one of its natural caverns serves as a concert hall where many performances of local musicians are held. Another place you should not miss visiting is Frigiliana, an Andalucian mountain village located 6 kilometers away from the city center. The heart of the village has retained its old-world charm - a pride upheld by its residents.

Every morning, you will see women sweeping the streets and watering their plants in hanging baskets and pots. Some holiday homes are also located here, so if you want to sleep under the old Spanish air, this is the way to go. Hidden in the corners of the steep hills, there are bars and restaurants serving great local specialties.

Barely out of Frigiliana on the Frigiliana-Torrox road you will find a natural park that can lead you to the remains of the Frigiliana Castle - one of the best picnic spots in Nerja. If you want to go off for a hike, the Rio Chillar Waterfall is your best destination. The waterfall is found amidst the pine trees and its sight and sound are great ways of relaxing and communing with nature. The best thing about Rio Chillar is that you can reach it in 10 to 15 minutes even when you're on foot.

If you follow the riverbed past the waterfall in the direction of La Tercera Fabrica, you will see a steep uphill man. Here you can start walking for an hour and a half to enjoy the cool air and the scenery. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, and as the greenery fades away, you'll find yourself in a narrow pass and a series of dams that make the path a bit tricky.

Follow that path and you will reach the Vado de Los Patos, an area where the river is surrounded by rocks and fallen trees which makes for a great natural swimming pool.

Spanish Food

Looking for some great food? Try the gazpacho, a cold Spanish soup that is very refreshing on a hot summer day. The best version of this dish is served at Casa Luque in the center of town.

Paellas cooked in large pans over log fire are one of the main attractions in Ayo's, a famous restaurant on Burriana Beach. Seafood paella is one of the bestsellers in the restaurant.

How about a cold bottle of beer? Alhambra beer is voted most popular in this area.

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Jaya Mckeown

Jaya Mckeown - Jaya moved to Boston from New York to pursue a master's degree in corporate communications at Emerson College. This experience, combined with her undergraduate degree in psychology and teaching, has equipped her with valuable skills that she employs on a daily basis in real estate negotiations, homebuyer and seller education, and successful promotion of the team's listings. Jaya's clients often characterize her as meticulous, proactive, and enjoyable to be around.

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